Front Royal to Thornton Gap

Front Royal, Virginia

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This is one of the most popular starting points for extended tours of the Blue Ridge. The closest airports to Front Royal are approximately 70 miles away in Washington, D.C. You can cycle out of either Dulles International Airport or Washington National Airport to Front Royal. When you enter Shenandoah National Park on a bicycle, you experience the sensation of being transported into a separate world. At the height of the summer the vegetation is thick and alive with secrets, as if you were traveling through an enchanted forest. The deeper you go the more entranced you become. Kudzu climbs greedily in the lower elevations. On hot days there is steamy humidity. Slowly, you climb from Front Royal to the higher elevations.
Bicycling the Blue Ridge

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Bicycling the Blue Ridge

by Elizabeth & Charlie Skinner (Menasha Ridge Press)

This is one of the most popular starting points for extended tours of the Blue Ridge. The closest airports to Front Royal are approximately 70 miles away in Washington, D.C. You can cycle out of either Dulles International Airport or Washington National Airport to Front Royal.

When you enter Shenandoah National Park on a bicycle, you experience the sensation of being transported into a separate world. At the height of the summer the vegetation is thick and alive with secrets, as if you were traveling through an enchanted forest. The deeper you go the more entranced you become. Kudzu climbs greedily in the lower elevations. On hot days there is steamy humidity. Slowly, you climb from Front Royal to the higher elevations.

©  Elizabeth & Charlie Skinner/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Front Royal
Distance: 31.5
Trail Type: Shuttle
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Shenandoah National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Front Royal to Thornton Gap

Recent Trail Reviews

7/24/2006
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Great bike ride, but be prepared for a climb--the first 18 miles are more or less uphill--the grade isn't terrible, the scenery wonderful, but you will work to get to the top. If you return to the entrance station at Front Royal, you have a sweet mostly downhill ride.



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